Sunday, January 14, 2018

Today's Special; Explosive Pancakes

Jan 8, 2018

Hello, Friends!

This week has been pretty insane! I don’t have a lot of time to write today, so I will have to keep it relatively short. 

We have our heading. Here we GOOOOOO!!!!!!

We had our exchanges with the Assistants this week starting on Wednesday. We took a 2 hour train ride up to Queens to meet them at the mission office. We then spent the rest of Wednesday proselyting with them in their pool over in Lynbrook. It was a pretty good day. We taught a few lessons (one of which was in an apartment invested with mice... kinda distracting when trying to teach the Plan of Salvation haha), got into a few doors while knocking, and I went to their district meeting. Exchanges are usually just 24 hours, so we were planning on spending the night at their apartment, doing personal study in the morning, and heading back to Brooklyn. However, on Thursday morning we woke up to a whiteout blizzard! It was super crazy outside! President Reynolds asked that no body drive for the entire day, so we were stuck in Lynbrook with the Assistants for another day! We did our personal study and called our investigators. Eventually, the assistants decided that it was game/movie day! So, we played a few games and watched “Johnny Lingo”. Throughout the entire snow day, and for the next few days after it, I was getting call after call from senior citizens who were passing my number around all of Brooklyn to their friends telling everyone that we were the “Snow Shoveling Mormons” and that we would come and shovel their driveway for free. Now, that was very true! We are hooked up to the City’s snow removal hotline. Well, since I was stuck in Lynbrook, I was acting as a receptionist all day taking calls and sending the missionaries over in Brooklyn out into the whiteout blizzard with their shovels to dig out somewhere around 15-20 houses. We spent the night at the Assistants again and headed back to Brooklyn Friday afternoon. It was a pretty good 48+ hour exchange! Hahaha it was kinda weird being out of our pool for almost 3 days though.

Well, the craziness didn’t end there. Once we got back to Brooklyn on Friday, we didn’t have time to go home at all. We immediately grabbed our shovels and went to work digging out cars and responding to more senior citizens who kept passing my number to their friends and requesting free snow removal. It was super fun to be able to run around shoveling snow all day, though! We also found a few new investigators from it! :) 

Friday night, Elder Lee and I had to run to the hospital to give a blessing to a member’s sister. We got there and the sister was super unconscious. We tried waking her up, but she was super not waking up! So, we gave her the blessing without getting to talk with her or anyone really. The member is in Bermuda, so it was just Elder Lee and I there. It was interesting. I am really grateful for the Priesthood! I love being able to be an instrument in the hands of God to be able to bless and serve His children!

Saturday was Mission Leadership Council. It ran from 9:00-3:00. Long meeting! It is usually longer, but President decided to make this one a little shorter. I was super grateful he did because we had a really important lesson we needed to get to with Brother Kelly’s friend, Leslie! Leslie is already one of my favorite investigators to teach! He is so intelligent and has lots of amazing questions! He also recognizes how God has led him to find the Mormon church and is really interested in it. I will have to tell you more about Leslie next week!

Last thing and I will be done. I promise! 
We had our district activity today! We decided to have a potluck lunch all together! Half of our district is from Haiti, so there was a lot of chicken and rice and plantains and other Haitian foods! Elder Lee make Korean BBQ, Sister Slade made some super good chocolate pecan pie, and I made................. German Pancakes!!!!!!!!!!!! It was super fun! However, this is the embarrassing part! Hahaha I used a glass baking pan to make my German pancakes. After they were done cooking, I placed the pan on top of the stove to cool off a little. I guess the metal was a little too cold and the pan was a little too hot and they decided not to be friends... about 30 seconds after placing the pan on top of the stove, the glass baking pan EXPLODED!!! The glass went flying all over the place!!! Hahahahaha I have now learned why hot pads are a thing 😅

Anyway, it was overall a super hectic and awesome and long week! 

I will stop writing now :)

I love you all! Have the most splendid of weeks! Pray for snow for the mountains! My dad needs it ;)

Elder Snell

(My glass sheet that blew up...)
(Subway performer! He also played Rhapsody in Blue, but it was a long video so I didn’t attach it)
(This is a Book of Mormon that a man had that we knocked into. He bought it years ago in a book store)

Explosives Are Not For The Weak At Heart

Jan 1, 1018 Happy New Year, Friends! :)

Things have been getting pretty cool over here! The temperature hasn’t gone above freezing for an entire week now and won’t for another week or more. The average high lately has been somewhere around 19 degrees. When we woke up this morning it was 7 degrees with a windchill that took it down to -9! I have officially cracked out my winter coat and am using it regularly. I had a bunch of members and a lot of people on the street get mad at me for only wearing a sweater. It was kind of funny, but they were sincerely concerned for my life. So, in order to not die I have made the decision to wear a coat and some little gloves :) 

Someone told me that this year was the coldest New Year’s Eve on record! Crazy! The funny thing though was that didn’t stop anyone from having a good time with some fireworks outside at midnight! We had to be in our apartments by 6:00PM last night but it seemed like that was the time the rest of Brooklyn left their apartments! The fireworks and screaming never ceased all night! There was a large group of people lighting tons and tons of fireworks on the street right in front of our apartment building. The fireworks were SUPER big and SUPER loud! It was awesome! However, it made it very difficult to sleep hahaha. Our apartment was way too hot, so Elder Lee and I opened a window before going to bed. BIG MISTAKE! As soon as midnight hit, there was an onslaught of large balls of fire being blown up right next to our apartment window! It was loud and exciting, but really exhausting not being able to sleep much last night. 

This week was a little harder with missionary work. Most of our investigators were out of town or just super busy having parties and what not with their families. So Elder Lee and I had a bunch more time for finding this week! That was really nice! :) There was one day where all of our lessons cancelled that morning, so we had an entire day for finding some new people and getting in contact with some old people. We spent the whole day talking with people on the street, bus, and train, knocking, making a ton of calls, etc. However, despite our hard work, nothing really came of it. At the end of the day, I felt kind of defeated having not found anyone new or made much progress with our current investigators. As we were walking home for the night, I said a prayer in my heart that our efforts for the day would not be wasted and that we blessed the life of someone somehow. Just after my silent prayer, we passed a Middle Eastern woman with her two kids. We said hello as we were walking past her. She immediately stopped and said, “Elders?!?” My heart about explodes every time someone I don’t know on the street says that! Turns out that the woman, Bushra, ran into missionaries a while ago and had them over to her house. She invited us over for some soda (because she knew we don’t drink coffee or tea) and told us about how much she absolutely loves missionaries! Bushra had tons and tons of questions about what we believe and has a real interest in learning more. We scheduled to go over to her house the next morning. She is super cool! I can definitely see her and her family being baptized in the near future :)

We had a few more miracles happen this week! Since it was a holiday weekend, all of our investigators that are consistently coming to church couldn’t make it yesterday... We were expecting to have 4 or 5 of our investigators at church, but they all said that they wouldn’t be able to make it... A while back I made a promise with Heavenly Father that I wouldn’t go to church without an investigator with me. I also promised that I would never miss church. Yesterday was looking like it might be the day I let Heavenly Father and myself down, however God always provides! When we got to church, Brother Butler asked me if I would play the organ for Sacrament Meeting. So, throughout the meeting I was sitting up on the stand. Right after the administration of the Sacrament they always invite those in the foyer to come into the Chapel. While the members were making their way to their seats, I noticed unfamiliar faces. They both came into the Chapel individually and sat by themselves on a pew. After Sacrament meeting had finished, one of them came up to me and introduced himself as Christopher. He was one of our investigators I had never met yet who I felt I should call a couple days earlier!!! He didn’t answer, so I just left a message saying it had been a while since we have seen him and wanted to see how he was doing. He got my message and decided to come to church! The other unfamiliar face was Leslie, the non-member friend of Brother Kelly, who has been really interested in Mormon theology and wanted to meet with missionaries really bad to help him better understand the Book of Mormon! Miracles!!! We were able to set up appointments with Christopher and Leslie for this week and are going to start meeting with them consistently! God is so good! :)

Well, there was a lot more that happened this week but my email is already long enough, so I will just end it here. Happy New Year! I love you all! :) 

Elder Snell

Monday, December 25, 2017

This is the Season Beloved of the Year

Merry Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas!!!!!!!!

Today is so good! I love Christmas! I hope you are all enjoying your beautiful day celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love my Savior! This truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

This week was super crazy! As usual haha. Transfers were on Tuesday, so I said goodbye to Elder Pratt and said hello to.............  Elder Lee!!!!!! Elder Lee was my district leader for my last two transfers in Astoria so we already knew each other and are getting along super great! I loved him as my district leader and I love him even more as my companion! :) this is going to be a phenomenal transfer! I am so pumped!

Something that seemed to be kind of a theme for me this week was noticing how the gospel can uplift and inspire others with even the smallest of exposure to it. We went knocking the other night trying to share the #LightTheWorld video. Not a whole lot came out of the night in the sense of finding new investigators. However, I grew personally from that night of knocking doors. I have three small stories to tell from that night :) The first person that changed me a bit was Dr. Stephens. It was 6:00 - 7:30 that we were knocking. It gets super dark here by4:30, and people get really scared when their doorbell rings after dark. Well, Dr. Stephens was no exception. We rang her doorbell and waited for a bit. After a minute or so, we heard a very cautious voice ask who it was. We kindly introduced ourselves through the door and she opened it just a crack. However, she refused to open the huge metal screen door haha. She seemed extremely nervous and said that we scared her half to death. We apologized and tried to share our video with her. Dr. Stephens, still really skeptical of us, refused to watch the video and started to leave. I can’t remember specifically what I said, but I asked her a question that instantly stopped her from leaving. She then began to talk about her family and what they meant to her. That topic led into her belief in Christ and the love she has for Him. We ended up talking with her on her doorstep for about 30 minutes. By the end of our conversation, she told us that she was having a hard time recovering from a surgery and was losing hope and that God sent us to her to show her the light at the end of the tunnel. Dr. Stephens said we could come by again at any time. It was such a special experience for me to see the light of the gospel touch her heart and brighten her life for the day.

The next door we knocked on that night was Annie’s. Annie is a college student who moved here to Brooklyn on her own. Her family is back in her home country, so she would be spending the holidays alone. We knocked on her door, told her we were sharing an uplifting Christmas video, and pressed play. As Annie was watching, I could see something change in her eyes and on her face. She started to smile, and when the video ended I asked her what she felt. Annie told us that she felt so inspired and uplifted and determined to serve others just as Christ did this Christmas season. I left that conversation knowing that the gospel had touched her life in a simple, yet profound way that will bless her life :)

The last one for that night of knocking happened immediately after talking with Annie. Elder Lee and I were walking toward the next house as a woman with some Christmas gifts in her bag was passing us on the sidewalk. I forgot my glasses that night and it was super dark. I couldn’t tell for certain, but I was pretty sure it was one of our current investigators, Angel! So, I greeted the woman with enthusiasm and excitement as if I already knew her. It turned out now to be Angel, but the woman was somewhat curious at how happy I was to see her haha! She agreed to watch our video :) at the end of it, she said she felt really inspired and determined to do her best to serve others. She is from Haiti, so told her we have Haitian Creole translators at our church. She was super excited about that and instantly wanted to learn more about our church! After talking more about it, she said she will definitely come visit our church some day! 

Christmas Eve was phenomenal! Church was the best! The program was laid out like Music and the Spoken Word. Brother Kelly would read a snippet of the Christmas nativity story and then there would be a musical number. There were 8 musical numbers in total! It was amazing! Our ward is a little short on accompanists and somehow the word got spread around the members that I played the piano. So, I got to play the piano for 4 musical numbers yesterday! It was very special to be able to fill the chapel with the sweet feeling of Christmas music praising our Savior and Father in Heaven! I love Christmas! Also, our investigator, Jessica, came to church for the first time yesterday! She is doing really really well! She is reading the Book of Mormon on her own and praying every single night! What’s also crazy is that our ward mission leader knows Jessica from work! Instant fellowshipper! YES!!

Yesterday, we were walking down the street and both felt that there was somewhere we were needed. We said a quick prayer and asked where it was we needed to go. Elder Lee asked me if there was anyone who might be alone tonight (Christmas Eve) that we could go visit. The first person that came to my mind was Sister Tisch. She is a widow and has no family here to be with her. I looked up here address and a miracle happened! We were standing right outside of her apartment building! We ran up to her room on the 7th floor. Sister Tisch was super happy too see us. We sat down with her and sang Christmas songs and watched a talk from the First Presidency Christmas devotional. She called us this morning (Christmas Day) and thanked us for the blessing we were to her last night. She said she was feeling kind of down without actually celebrating Christmas with anyone, and that our songs filled her home with the Spirit. I am so grateful to God for sending us there last night! It is so neat to see how God can use us as his instruments for blessing the lives of others. Heavenly Father is so amazing and really really really loves each and every one of His children! God is so good!

Our investigators are making great strides in their progression! Jose is consistently hitting his goal for the Word of Wisdom and has had a couple days of not breaking it once! I am so proud of him! 

Last thing, I promise! Hahaha #LightTheZone is now finished and has made the biggest difference in our zone! The difference between when I first got here and now is night and day! I see and feel the spirit with each of the missionaries here and can feel the Christlike love they have for each other and for all people. I am so grateful for the Spirit that has touched the missionaries’ hearts as they have served each other and others and have opened their hearts to the love of the gospel! What an incredible experience this has been to be able to see the change here in Zone 2! God is so good! 

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas! I love you all!

Merry Christmas! 🎁🎄 

Elder Snell

Gotta just love the Christmas decorations you find here in the Brooklyn projects! Hahaha :)

If You Give A Russian Cat Lady A Wheelchair

DECEMBER 18, 2017

Hey, Friends! :)

Just in case I forget to say it next week............

🎄🎁 🎄 ⭐️ 🎄 🎁 🎄 MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄🎁 🎄 ⭐️ 🎄 🎁 🎄 

This week has been super crazy! I will start out by telling you about our investigator, Irina. 
Irina is from Russia and has been living here in New York for around 10 years. She is pretty good friends with our Russian recent convert, Valerii, and his wife, Galina. Galina and Valerii pick up Irina every week and bring her to church. Irina is an older woman and is bound to a wheelchair. So, each week, Irina comes rolling into the chapel in her electric wheelchair and starts talking with everybody there in her super thick Russian accent! I love it! Irina is also a huge cat lover! It is kind of ridiculous how much she loves cats. Last week, we were in Gospel Principles class and realized that Irina had left and didn’t come back for a long while. Elder Pratt and I decided to go search for her. After looking around for almost 15 minutes, we ran outside to find Irina strategically placing small dishes of cat food around the premises of the church for all the stray cats to eat!!!! She then took it upon herself to talk with the bishop about making sure that all the cats around the church are getting properly fed so they don’t starve and die. It was pretty hilarious! Despite Irina’s insane love for stray cats, she is a pretty solid investigator and has a lot of faith. We met with her earlier last week and taught her the restoration. She doesn’t completely understand English, so Valerii and Galina had to translate for us. However, Irina told us that she knows that the Book of Mormon and Church are true and that she really wants to be a member. We invited her to be baptized in February, and she got all upset that we wanted to do it that far away. So, we moved her date a little closer toward the end of January. She is really excited!

What made this week really weird was Elder Pratt being sick since Wednesday or Thursday. We have had to stay inside as much as possible for the last half of the week so Elder Pratt could get better. So, I have been acting as his nurse/mom for the past few days! It has been fun. I have also been on the phone all day since Thursday trying to have lessons over the phone with our investigators and set up all of our Bible drop off appointments for the coming week. It has been super crazy! Luckily, Elder Pratt is starting to get better. However, the sad thing is that transfers are tomorrow and Elder Pratt is leaving!!!! We only had 5 weeks together! Sad stuff. At least I can trust that the Lord knows what He is doing :)

Valerii gave his first talk in sacrament meeting yesterday! He wrote the entire thing himself and gave it in Russian. Sister Brown was there to translate for him. He share his conversion story of how he was the last member of his family to be baptized. It as really powerful! He also testified of the Plan of Salvation and taught it better than I ever could! I am super proud of him! He passed the sacrament for the first time last week! Valerii is becoming a really strong member of the Church! 

One last story: so, last week, we were on our way to visit a less-active that was referred to us by some missionaries over in Queens who supposedly ran into her on the street. While we were on our way there, we were walking down a dark road with about zero people on it. As we were walking, we heard someone start coming up behind us. Pretty soon, the person called out, “Hey, Elders!” That always surprises me! Anyway, we stop and turn around and there is a man running after us. His name is Kyon and has been a member of the church for a little more than 10 years. However, Kyon has been in-active for a long long time. He told us that he was thinking about trying to come back to church but never knew where to start. He was praying earlier that week that God would lead him in the right direction to be able to work on coming back to church and getting to the temple. Well, God definitely sent him and us down the right street that day. We started teaching Kyon regularly and are helping him get back to the temple! It is so neat to be able to witness God’s hand leading us in our lives. I know He lives and I love him with all my heart! 

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful Christmas season! 

Elder Snell

Monday Dec 11, 2017

DECEMBER 11, 2017 (A letter to Mom, his mass email was a voice recording)

HI MOM!!!! :)

I hope you didn’t think I forgot you! :) hahaha I was in the middle of responding to your email. Hahaha I haven’t had the chance to write my mass email yet, because I wanted to write a ton of personal emails today first. 

Everything is going really well over here! No need to worry about all the terrorist attacks. There was a bombing over in Manhattan today... hopefully they don’t decided to hit the rest of NYC...

The Zone is getting much much better! Light the Zone is going great! The missionaries are loving it and are really catching the spirit of what we wanted to have happen with them :) they just seem to have more light in their eyes! It has been really fun to do simple little acts of charity for the missionaries here :) It is amazing to see how Heavenly Father turns one small little thing into a life-changing experience!

I love Elder Pratt! Speaking of Elder Pratt, here’s something that I just wrote to Elaina:
Life is good :) I am doing really really well. Elder Pratt has been having a super hard time being satisfied with his mission. He goes home in 4 months. He has some depression he is working through and goes to the doctor for each week. Saturday morning, we sat down for personal study, and Elder Pratt seemed just super down. I asked him what was up and he just broke down in tears. I spent the next couple hours trying to comfort him and give him hope. Wow, does Heavenly Father love my companion! The Spirit gave me some very specific things to say to Elder Pratt and brought to my memory some things I had been studying a few days earlier. I talked with Elder Pratt about Jesus Christ’s Atonement and how it isn’t just something He did for our investigators and members, but it was something for everyone including ourselves. Jesus Christ has the power to take away the sting of any mistake and any wrong choice and any trial. After our two hour talk full of tons and tons of tears, I hugged Elder Pratt like I imagined the Savior would hug him if He were here talking with Elder Pratt. I certainly know that Heavenly Father loves his children. After that, we hit the streets with our iPads ablaze with #LightTheWorld. Our entire day was unbelievably successful! We found 5 new investigators that day and had 6 super solid lessons (3 of which were with our top priority investigators). It was an amazing day that I know was given to us straight from Heaven. When we got home that night, we laid on our new rug and talked for a long time about everything. Elder Pratt helped me with some things I have been worried about as well. It was much needed for both of us :) it amazes me how well Heavenly Father can orchestrate our lives and put us with the right people right when we need to be with them. I have such a deep love for Elder Pratt because of the things we have experienced together. I am so grateful for everything we have been blessed with! :) 

There is a really good pianist here in this ward, so that is good! I really do love playing the organ though! I played it for our Christmas MegaZone conference on Friday. It was way too fun :)

Lexie sounds like she is running herself all over the place! Hahahahaha I really enjoyed always having places to be, though, so I can see why she would want to do it :) Love you!

Thanks for all the updates and pictures!  I like that they decided to go to Pond’s Park where I had pictures taken for Prom Junior year! Super cute! :) :) :) 

I love you, Mom! Have the most amazing week! :)

Elder Snell

Elder Snell, Meet Elder Snell and Elder Snell and Elder Snell

December 4, 2017

Merry Christmas!!!!!!! 🎄 

AHHHH!!! I love this time of year so much!!!!! It is such a great time to be a missionary!!!! So neat :) 

The past few weeks have been super super crazy! We have been just swamped with things to do. I love it! However, there is no way I am going to be able to put it all into an email haha
 Elder Pratt and I have been putting a lot more focus and effort into helping the zone this week. Since I got here, I have felt a super weird vibe in the zone. It feels kind of cold between all the missionaries here. There’s a sort of disconnect between everyone. It’s really weird! No body really trusts each other. There is a lot of judgment and lack of trust. So, Elder Pratt and I have been trying to think of ways to help the missionaries be filled with Charity for each other in hopes to unify the zone and stop the weird judgement stuff haha. We brain-stormed for a little bit and came up with an idea that is already making a HUGE difference! As you should all know, #LightTheWorld is up a running :) Elder Pratt and I have made a little spin off of it for our zone called #LightTheZone! Each day of December we have a little activity for the missionaries in our zone to do in order to low-key help them develop charity. Today was “take crazy selfies with each companionship in your district. Best picture wins!” A couple days ago was, “play rock, paper, scissors with each missionary you run into today”. We have also had, “fist-bump everyone today” and “today, write a letter for your district leader or someone who needs their day brightened a little”. We’ve only been doing it for 4 days now, but it has completely changed the feeling of this Zone 100%!!! God is so good! :) I can feel a difference in the way the missionaries here feel about missionary work now :) I love Christmas!!!

Fun stories for the week: So, we were dropping off a Bible to a very kind woman in a very crusty apartment building. We were in the middle of teacher her the Restoration of the gospel when, all of a sudden, a fire truck comes speeding up to the building, lights flashing and siren wailing! An entire team of firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics come rushing into the building! One of them asked me if I had called them and I said nope. So they all ran upstairs as fast as they could! After a few minutes, they casually came walking down the stairs and waved goodbye to me hahaha. False alarm, I guess!
Next story! So, we were doing another Bible drop off to a man named Edward. Edward is a very interesting individual hahaha. He says he is a retired Catholic Priest who served in the Vietnam war. He is very short, smokes, and has 3 really nasty looking dogs. Anyway, we went to his house to give him a Bible which he requested, and he invited us in! Apartments here are super super tiny. He had stuff stacked floor to ceiling in his super small apartment (which was THICK with smoke) with 3 dogs. All three of us stood in his 4-4 foot kitchen while Edward took the reins on the conversation. He proceeds to talk about how we are polygamists and how we follow an earthly law. It was actually kind of funny haha. While he spoke, he lit cigarette after cigarette. At one point, while he was telling us a story, Edward grabbed Elder Pratt’s arm and proceeded to rub his face all over Elder Pratt’s shoulder!! I was dying! Elder Pratt looked like he was going to punch Edward in the face. I am glad he didn’t! Hahahaha we didn’t get to share all that much with Edward, but as we were leaving he said that our conversation with him was one of the best conversations he has had in a long time. He told us that we made his day and really lifted his spirits :) It makes me happy to be able to help brighten people’s days :)

Well, we have to get going to a lesson right now, so I am going to have to cut this off here. 

I love you all!!!!! See how many smiles you can make this week :)
Elder Snell

Elder Pratt and I found this super Jewish neighborhood! They had a giant sculpture of a Dreidel! Fun stuff!

Christmas TREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!

District Selfie!

Willkommen to Das Shtick Department

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!! 🦃🍽🍁 

Wow, this week has been super super crazy! We had transfers on Tuesday, and I was transferred over to Midwood, Brooklyn. It was really hard to say goodbye to Queens and all the people there I have grown to love. I have never been really good with goodbye’s... but hey, I guess I am getting some more practice? Still hard though :)

Well, Brooklyn has proved to be a very interesting place so far! Haha The people here are very different than what I am used to. We are constantly surrounded by people from the Caribbean islands, Haiti, Africa, the West Indies, Russia, and a whole lot of Hasidic Jewish people. Lots of fun getting to know people from all over the world! Oh! I almost forgot! My new companion is Elder Pratt! He is from Springville, Utah and has been on his mission for 20 months. He and I have been getting along super well! I am really excited for this transfer!

Sorry for not sending out a mass email for the past little bit. Hopefully I can get better at doing that. So I guess I will update you on the last two weeks of being here in Brooklyn!
We have been running all over the place with lessons!!! I don’t know what it is, but we get at least 3 Bible requests every day here! Our schedule is packed with going from place to place, dropping of Bibles, and teaching those Bible referrals. It has been really helpful in building our teaching pool! Almost all of our investigators who we are consistently teaching have come from ordering a free Bible on! It is fantastic! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving on Thursday! Ours was pretty great! We were allowed to have a zone activity in the morning and had a couple dinner appointments later on. For our activity, we just all gathered at the church and played some games. It was a blast getting to know my new zone and becoming friends with the missionaries over here :) For dinner, we went to the Miller’s house. Wow, Sister Miller make some great food!!!!! They are both a little older and had their son’s family over for dinner as well. It was lots of fun and super tasty! 

Well, there wasn’t really anything else out of the ordinary that happened this week. Actually, I will tell you a little bit about Jose! He is one of our investigators who we meet with 2-3 times a week. Jose has one of the most pure hearts I have ever come across! He is so sweet and always thinking of others. Jose is just all around a pretty fantastic and Christlike guy. He is a little bit of a slow learner and doesn’t always remember everything we teach him, so we have been teaching him only one principle of the lessons each time we visit. It is super fun teaching him because he gets really excited and happy over each new thing we teach him. Because he doesn’t have the best memory, we sometimes get to teach him the same thing two visits in a row and he gets just as excited about the new things he is learning the second time as he did the first :) it makes me happy seeing him get really excited about the gospel over and over again! This week, we taught him about our pre-mortal life and how we used to live with our Father in Heaven as spirits before coming to Earth. He never knew that we used to life with God and that we are His literal spirit children. When we taught it to him, the spirit filled the little hallway we were sitting in as Jose started tearing up and just saying, “Wow...I never knew that before. I feel so special”. The next lesson, we reviewed what we taught him about our pre-mortal life and he didn’t remember. So, we taught him again where he came from and who his Heavenly Father is, and again the spirit was tangible as Jose stood in amazement and marveled at the fact that he is a child of God saying, “Wow, I never knew that before. I feel so special”. Jose has helped me better appreciate the knowledge that we have of our divine nature and of the basic principles of the gospel. Just like Jose, I feel so special to be able to say that I am a child of God :) 

It’s little moments like those with Jose where I am reminded why I am out here. I am so grateful for the thousands of tender mercies and miracles I have experienced on my mission. Each and every day brings me close to the Savior. I can’t express how much I love this work and how grateful I am for our Heavenly Father and our Savior. 

I love you all and am thankful for each and every one of you! 

Elder Snell

P.S. Elder Pratt and I were riding the bus the other day and saw an huge poster on a building that said “Shtick Dept.”. We decided that it was a German man who was trying to sell his stick collection, so we have been speaking in a German accent all week trying to get each other to purchase our vast collection of sticks of various shapes and sizes 😂😂 I think it is hilarious!

Pictures!!! (+ video)
1) My new area boundaries
2) Domino’s employees are very protected here in Brooklyn!
3-5) It’s not Halloween nor is there a comic-con anywhere nearby; they just wanted to dress up today I guess :)
6) Video
7) This is a map of all the different ethnicities here in my mission! It is insane! I love it!